21 Jun 2024

De Nieuwe Psalmberijming: Psalm 14

Here is Psalm 14, which is a near doublet of Psalm 53. In this versification, stanzas 1, 2, and 4 are nearly identical in the two psalms, while 3 differs. In the Hebrew, Psalm 14 is a Yahwistic (LORD) version of the Elohistic (God) 53 (or perhaps vice versa), although this is not reflected in the new versification, except for two uses of the Dutch HEER in stanzas 1 and 3 of 14.

18 Jun 2024

Psalter review: Trinity Hymnal (1961)

Why review a collection that is more than sixty years old and has now been replaced by a later edition? There's a deep personal reason: I grew up with the first edition of the Trinity Hymnal, published in 1961 by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. It is not exactly a psalter, yet it manages to contain metrical versifications for the vast majority, if not all, of the biblical Psalms. These, however, are scattered amongst the hymns, such that, as a child, I had no idea that we were singing the Psalms. I still have in my personal library our family's copy of the Trinity Hymnal, with my mother's distinctive handwriting inside the front cover.

13 Jun 2024

De Nieuwe Psalmberijming: Psalm 100

The congregation of the Hervormde Gemeente in Beekbergen sings Psalm 100 according to the new Dutch versification of the Psalms:

11 Jun 2024

Brian Wright: Psalm 81

Our friend Brian Wright has posted a performance of Psalm 81. The text is from the RPCNA's Book of Psalms for Worship, and the tune, NEW MOON, is Wright's own composition.

5 Jun 2024

De Nieuwe Psalmberijming: Psalm 5

 And here now is Psalm 5 in the new Dutch versification of the Genevan Psalter:

29 May 2024

De Nieuwe Psalmberijming: Psalm 121

I've long loved the Genevan tune for Psalm 121, especially Zoltán Kodály's moving arrangement. Here is Roeland Scherf and company singing their own version of this psalm using the text of the new Dutch versification:

24 May 2024

De Nieuwe Psalmberijming: Psalms 15 and 87

Singing from the new Psalm versification in the Netherlands proceeds apace. Immediately below is Psalm 15 sung concert style with an upbeat rhythm:

Then we have Psalm 87 sung by a congregation:

29 Apr 2024

Psaume 27

This is not from the Genevan Psalter, but it is in French and uses what would seem to be a standard hymn tune with a 9 8 9 8 4 metre. But I've been unable to find it in my hymnals, and it's not familiar to me. It may be better known in France than in North America. Here is Psalm 27 sung a cappella:

Addendum: I have new information from my friend Lucas Freire. The tune is by Franz Josef Haydn, and the lyrics are by Henri Abraham César Malan (1787-1864), the Swiss Reformed poet who was converted during the Réveil, the evangelical revival that swept through Europe following the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The earliest publication Freire could find was in the fourth edition of Chants Évangéliques, published in 1892 in Lausanne. Incidentally, while this version of Psalm 27 is numbered 55 in this volume, number 38 is Genevan Psalm 103, 52 is Genevan Psalm 116, and 59 is a christological interpretation of Psalm 23. Number 49 is the Magnificat from Luke 1:46-55.

18 Apr 2024

Psalm 25: A toi, mon Dieu, mon coeur monte

You can never hear too many versions of Genevan Psalm 25 en français! Here is a particularly delightful performance of this Psalm: A toi, mon Dieu, mon coeur monte.

15 Apr 2024

Psalm 130: Du fond de ma pensée

Jean-Louis Michard conducts the Ensemble da Camara at the Abbaye Saint-Vincent, Chantelle, France:

10 Apr 2024

Psaumes 25 et 92: Mission Timothée

Mission Timothée, on which I have posted before, offers us two Genevan Psalm performances below. The first is Psalm 25: A toi, mon Dieu, mon coeur monte. The second is Psalm 92: Oh, que c'est chose belle.

5 Apr 2024

Psalm 118: Rendez à Dieu l'honneur suprême

During this Paschal week it is appropriate to sing Psalm 118:

3 Apr 2024

Psalm 23: Grail/Gelineau

This is perhaps the best known of the Grail/Gelineau Psalms sung in Roman Catholic churches:

28 Mar 2024

Psalm 42: The Ambassadors

The Ambassadors Christian Male Chorus have been singing together since 1969 here in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Here they are performing Genevan Psalm 42 in a recording made in 1985:

27 Mar 2024

Psalm 130: Psałterz Poznański

Our friends Andrzej and Agata Polaszek have posted a new psalm performance during this Holy Week. However, this one is not from the Genevan tradition, but the Lutheran. Martin Luther published his metrical version of Psalm 130, Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, in 1524. The tune is in the phrygian mode and has since been arranged by Bach and other composers. Here it is sung in Polish: Z GŁĘBOKIEJ NĘDZY. In addition to this Lutheran version, the Polaszeks have also posted the Genevan version here: WZNOSZĘ DO CIEBIE MÓJ GŁOS.

Psalm 138: Het Urker Mannenkoor 'Hallelujah'

Urk is a village of 21,000 in the Dutch province of Flevoland. Prior to the 1940s, Urk was an island with its own peculiar dialect. After that point, it ceased to be an island and became part of a polder, or land reclaimed from the sea. Urk is part of the Dutch bible belt and boasts an unusually large number of churches. Here in one of these we find Het Urker Mannenkoor ' Hallelujah' singing Genevan Psalm 138. With their sturdy voices, it would be difficult to imagine a starker contrast to those of the Kampen Boys Choir.

22 Mar 2024

Psalms 121 and 122: Kampen Boys Choir

There is a certain quality we associate with the English choral tradition best embodied in the boys choir. Here the treble and bass voices are distributed amongst pre-pubescent and adolescent boys, giving the overall tone an ethereal lightness popularly ascribed to the angels in heaven. Choral evensong in the great cathedrals well exemplifies this tradition.

But to find this heritage carried on in the Netherlands is something of a surprise. One might expect the Kampen Boys Choir to be called Kampen Jongenskoor, but so committed is the ensemble to the English choral tradition that even its name is English. Dress the boys up in red cassocks and white surplices and parade them around the Bovenkerk, and you'd think you were in Oxford or Cambridge rather than in a city of 50,000 in the Dutch province of Overijssel.

Here is the Kampen Boys Choir singing Psalms 121 and 122, not from the Genevan Psalter, but from Miles Coverdale's prose psalter to Anglican chant:

19 Mar 2024

Psalm 46: Nijenhuis

Here is Psalm 46 as arranged by our Hamilton neighbour Tim Nijenhuis, locally known musician and visual artist:

14 Mar 2024

Psalternatif: Psalms 1 and 2

Our friend Roeland Scherff has posted two more videos of performances of the Genevan Psalms. These are the first two Psalms, Psalm 1 being in a jazz style and Psalm 2 in a rock and roll style:

8 Mar 2024

Parker's Psalm 68

In addition to Psalm 1, The Cardinall's Musick has also posted Archbishop Parker's versification of Psalm 68. Again, the tenor soloist sings the tune once before the choir joins in.